Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Monday, 13 July 2020

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Action violence.

  • The pitch:

    April's fools.

  • Starring:

    Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Johnny Knoxville (voice), Jeremy Howard, Danny Woodburn, Tony Shalhoub (voice), Tohoru Masamune, Whoopi Goldberg

  • Directed by:

    Jonathan Liebesman

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot, taken hostage, tasered, gassed, shot at, punched, kicked, stomped, beaten, crushed, choked, hooded, stabbed, hit by a car, thrown through the air, slammed against objects, hit with objects, bitten, bound, pursued, grabbed, head-butted, headlocked. Characters dangle precariously, fall from high ledges. Break-and-enter, theft, arson. Car chase, vehicle collisions/rollover. Explosions, mass panic, RPG fired, falling debris, objects/knives thrown, smashed glass, rammed gate. Arguing, bickering. Blood/gore: Corpses. Characters/animals are injected, blood-let. Burning/bubbling skin, bloody bullet wound, symbol written in blood. Blood in tubes. Scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, ogling, skimpy clothing, cleavage, exposed midriff. Poster of woman in bra.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Characters are injected with adrenaline, medicine.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Butt. Name-calling. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, vigilantes, ninjas, mutants, family, brothers, betrayal, adoption, heroes, greed, healing, pets, reunions, television reporting, chauvinism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased father mentioned. Job loss. Sewer setting. Turtles, rats, cat, mouse, helicopter. Fart. Brief subtitles. High camera aerials.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    High-adrenaline, fun, kid-friendly, fast-paced, boyish, cartoonish. Terrific vehicle chase scene, kinetic fighting style, big action sequences, creative character design work, faithful to original series, turtles have real-world presence, awesome special effects.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Brainless, predictable, needless, relentless, loud, incoherent, charmless, tedious, cliched. Confusing action, too violent, lacks feeling.

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